Blocked Tear Ducts - Home Treatment
Blocked tear ducts most often occur in babies. If your baby is born with a blocked
tear duct, it will usually clear up on its own by 1 year of age.
You can help prevent infection in your or your baby's blocked tear duct
by keeping the eye clean and using gentle massage techniques. Wash your hands
before and after touching the eye area.
To keep the eye
- Wipe away the drainage from around the eye. Moisten
a clean cotton ball or washcloth with warm (not hot) water, and gently wipe
from the inner (near the nose) to the outer part of the eye. With each wipe,
use a new or clean part of the cotton ball or washcloth. Keep a supply of clean
cotton balls moistened with water in a sealed plastic bag for use when you are
away from home.
- If eyelashes become crusted with drainage, clean
them with a moist cotton ball using a gentle, downward motion. If the eyelids
become stuck together, place a clean, warm, wet cotton ball over that eye for a
few minutes to help loosen the crust.
Massage should only be used under the advice and direction
of a doctor. Usually it is done 2 or 3 times a day for several months.
If your baby has blocked ducts, limit his or her time in
the wind, cold, and sunlight. This can help prevent symptoms from getting